Winston Churchill, Developing Writer

by Robert Pondiscio
November 12th, 2009

We shall fight on the beaches,
we shall fight on the landing grounds,
we shall fight in the fields and in the streets,
we shall fight in the hills;
we shall never surrender.

A computerized program aimed at assessing student writing skills for English “A levels” deems passages by Winston Churchill, Ernest Hemingway and other titans of prose lacking.  Churchill’s rousing WWII speech was too repetitive for the computer’s tastes.

(H/T: Will Fitzhugh, Concord Review)

Give It Away

by Robert Pondiscio
November 12th, 2009

Tout le blogosphere is high dudgeon over a North Carolina middle school fundraiser offering an extra 20 points on two tests for a $20 donation.  All of those schools that have instituted “No Grade Below 50″ policies must be kicking themselves for leaving money on the table.